Alaska Congress members ask to tap relief funds for seafood

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska's congressional delegation says the state's fishermen and seafood processors should be included in a federal trade war relief package.

The Anchorage Daily News reported Wednesday that lawmakers have asked the Trump administration to give its seafood industry access to $15 billion earmarked for farmers.

U.S. Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan and Rep. Don Young say in a June 11 letter that "unjustified retaliatory" tariffs are eroding Alaska seafood's market share in China.

The delegation wants Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue to include Alaska seafood in the recent federal support package for U.S. agricultural products affected by the ongoing Chinese trade war.

They say China's 25% tariff on Alaska salmon, pollock, cod and other fish implemented in July boosts the overall tariff to 32% on some fish species.

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Information from: Anchorage Daily News, http://www.adn.com